STEM Programs

Libraries need to support informal STE(A)M learning. Here's why:

Libraries can and should provide fun informal learning opportunities around STEM subjects, because:

 

Library STEM programs are incredibly impactful because they have the opportunity to engage and retain large numbers of community members from diverse populations; to generate curiosity and interest in STEM subjects; and to help people gain real STEM skills and processes. At the Fayetteville Free Library, Stephanie has planned and facilitated the following STEM based programs:

 

Science Storytime - Each week we explore a different science theme with corresponding activities and experiments. Examples of activities include playing with magnets,  experimenting with inclines, and making things explode! 

Tinker Tots - Designed for children ages 2-6 years old, in this program we explore a topic through a picture book, which is followed by hands-on opportunities to learn, explore, and invent.

Little Makers -  This program encouages children ages 5-8 to imagine, create, and build. We begin by reading a fiction and a non-fiction book to learn about a topic and then we apply that new knowledge through experiments and hands-on maker activities. 

Geek Girl Camp - This week long STEM camp for girls in grades 3-5 provides an immersive experience designed to introduce girls to role-models (women in STEM careers) and show girls how fun science can be. 

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